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Everybody's All-American: UWS Alumni Honored

12/12/2018, 5:00pm EST
By Admin

14 league standouts nab ultimate individual recognition

METUCHEN, NJ - The end-of-season awards wrapped up recently in the collegiate ranks and a slew of current & former United Women's Soccer (UWS) alumni were honored for their fall competitive seasons. All and all, thirteen UWS stars were named All-Americans in their respective divisions which include DI-III, NAIA and Junior College. Familiar names include the 2017 UWS Player of the Year & Florida State University midfielder Deyna Castellanos and DII CCA East Region Player of the Year & University of Bridgeport forward Maegen Doyle, who both helped lead their teams to national championships.

"We would like to congratulate all of our UWS alumni on the conclusion of their fall seasons," said UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "And we want to especially recognize those standouts who were bestowed one of the ultimate honors in all of collegiate sports. Being named an All-American holds enormous value and these players are now all-time legends for their respective college programs."

For the full list, see below:

NCAA Division I All-America

Second Team
F Deyna Castellanos (Florida State University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat) *
F Evdokia Popadinova (Florida Gulf Coast University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Third Team
D Natalia Kuikka (Florida State University - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

NCAA Division II All-America

First Team
D Cecilia Steinwascher (Grand Valley State University - Detroit Sun FC)
M Anna Gregg (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs - Colorado Pride)
M Riko Sagara (Grand Valley State University - Lansing United)
F Maegen Doyle (University of Bridgeport - New York Surf)

Third Team
D Rebecca Conway (Mercy College - New York Surf)
M Sabrina Cone (St. Edward's University - FC Austin Elite)

NCAA Division III All-America

Second Team
M Megan Barwick (William Smith College - Rochester Lady Lancers) *

United Soccer Coaches NAIA All-America

First Team
M Bethany Balcer (Spring Arbor University - Grand Rapids FC) ***
F Millene Cabral (Martin Methodist College - Santa Clarita Blue Heat) **

Second Team
D Lauren Orr (Spring Arbor University - Lansing United)

United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division I All-America

First Team
D Veronica Herrera (Iowa Western Community College - Colorado Pride)

* two-time selection
** three-time selection
*** four-time selection

About United Women's Soccer (UWS): We are a national women's soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media can contact the UWS Communications office by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league's official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.

UWS Stars Shine In NCAA Championships

12/05/2018, 3:15pm EST
By Admin

Nine current & former stars raise DI & DII championship trophies

METUCHEN, NJ - The Fall 2018 season in the NCAA concluded this past weekend with the crowning of national champions in the Division I & II ranks. Both finals saw pulsating contests that were decided by slim 1-0 margins. Florida State University won their second-ever College Cup title over the University of North Carolina while the University of Bridgeport topped perennial DII powerhouse Grand Valley State University for their first-ever NCAA championship. United Women's Soccer (UWS) talent dotted the championship sky, as five league alumni suited up for Florida State and four for Bridgeport. Even more (eight altogether) competed for the runner-up UNC Tar Heels and GVSU Lakers. 

"Congratulations to Florida State University and the University of Bridgeport on their respective championships!" said UWS Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "Its great to see so many players from United Women's Soccer excel with their collegiate programs. We take pride in preparing players for their fall competitive seasons."

Seminoles defender/midfielder Olivia Bergau, midfielder Deyna Castellanos, defender Natalia Kuikka and midfielder Emily Madril starred for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat during the 2017 season, helping the team reach the UWS National Final. Castellanos was the 2017 UWS National Player of the Year while Kuikka was named the UWS West Defensive Player of the Year. Both players were also All-UWS First Team selections. FSU goalkeeper Brooke Bollinger patrolled the net for the Orlando Kicks in 2018, who took part in a provisional season in the newly-formed Southeast Conference. UNC forward Alex Kimball suited up for the Real Salt Lake Women this past summer.

Purple Knights midfielder/forward Maegan Doyle, midfielder/forward Marieke Kramer and defender Karoline Vieira played for the New York Surf during the 2018 season while forward Elin Eklund had a great season with the Rochester Lady Lancers. Eklund was named to the 2018 UWS East Second Team for her efforts. Grand Valley State fell just short of a sixth national championship title (which would have set a new DII record) but the Lakers should still feel proud. Seven GVSU stars have taken the pitch in our national pro-am league, led by 2018 Midwest Defensive Player of the Year & All-UWS First Team honoree Olivia Trombley and All-UWS Second Team midfielder Riko Sagara.

Trombley and Sagara starred for Lansing United this past summer, as the first-year organization won the regular season title in the Midwest Conference and fell one win shy of qualifying for the UWS National Championship. Lansing United were named the 2018 UWS Co-Organization of the Year alongside Calgary Foothills Women's FC. Midfielder Darline Radamaker (Detroit Sun FC), defender Sydney O'Donnell (Michigan Legends FC), defender Cecilia Steinwascher (Detroit Sun FC), forward Corey Sawall (Lansing United) and goalkeeper Callie Rich (Fort Wayne United) round out the rest of league alumni who wore GVSU Lakers colors this past fall.

About United Women's Soccer (UWS): We are a national women's soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media can contact the UWS Communications office by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league's official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.

Fall Update: More Individual Award Winners

11/08/2018, 12:00pm EST
By Admin

UWS alumni keep on garnering top All-Conference honors

METUCHEN, NJ - In our third and final update regarding the fall award season in the Division I college ranks, we highlight 23 more current & former United Women's Soccer (UWS) stars who were awarded All-Conference recognition. From the Ivy League to the Horizon League to the Pac-12 Conference, these honorees took their summer competitive experience and translated it into fall collegiate success. All and all, 71 UWS alums in 23 of the 31 conferences in Division I received plaudits from their respective conferences for their on-the-field performances this fall.

Notable names in this edition include: Horizon League Goalkeeper Of The Year Marina Manzo, who starred for Detroit Sun FC; Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Goalkeeper Of The Year and New England Mutiny shot-stopper Taylor Dorado; a trio of players from the Connecticut Fusion - Shauny Alterisio, Charlotte Maurer and Ashley Cavanaugh - who were honored with top individual awards from the Northeast Conference; the Inferno Rush's 2018 All-United Women's Soccer Second Team selection Aubrey Suydam was also selected to the Northeast Conference team; 2017 All-West Conference Team and Real Salt Lake Women forward Hailey North (Skolmoski) was an All-Pac 12 honoree; Abilene Christian star Christina Arteaga was a 2018 UWS All-Southwest Conference Team selection for FC Austin Elite.

The 2018 NCAA Division I Tournament kicks off this weekend. Thirty-one conferences were granted automatic bids for the 2018 championship, while the remaining 33 teams were selected at-large. All preliminary-round competition will take place at campus sites. First-round games will be played Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Second and third round games will be played Friday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 18, and Quarterfinal games will be played Nov. 23 or 24. The 37th annual NCAA Women's College Cup will be played Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. Keep up with all the action HERE.

Horizon League Goalkeeper Of The Year
Horizon League First Team

GK Marina Manzo (Univ. of Detroit Mercy - Detroit Sun FC)

Horizon League Second Team
MF Lauren Bos (Oakland Univ. - Detroit Sun FC)

Ivy League Rookie Of The Year
Ivy League Second Team

F Rebecca Rosen (Brown Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)

Ivy League Second Team
F Emma Anderson (Columbia Univ. - New York Surf)
D Sydney Cummings (Brown Univ. - New Jersey Copa FC)

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Goalkeeper Of The Year
All-MAAC First Team

GK Taylor Dorado (Siena College - New England Mutiny)

All-MAAC First Team
MF Alli DeLuca (Monmouth Univ. - New Jersey Copa FC)

Mountain West Conference First Team
MF Lauren Milliet (Colorado College - Colorado Pride)

Northeast Conference Defensive Player Of The Year
Northeast Conference First Team

D Shauny Alterisio (CCSU - Connecticut Fusion)

Northeast Conference Midfielder Of The Year
Northeast Conference First Team

MF Charlotte Maurer (CCSU - Connecticut Fusion)

Northeast Conference Goalkeeper Of The Year
Northeast Conference First Team

GK Ashley Cavanaugh (CCSU - Connecticut Fusion)

Northeast Conference Second Team
MF Aubrey Suydam (Saint Francis Univ. - Inferno Rush)

Pac-12 Conference Second Team
MF Viviana Villacorta (UCLA - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

Pac-12 Conference Third Team
F Hailey Skolmoski (Univ. of Utah - Real Salt Lake Women)
GK Jalen Tompkins (Univ. of Colorado - Colorado Storm)

Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team
GK Lauren Brzykcy (UCLA - Santa Clarita Blue Heat)
D Mykiaa Minniss (Washington State Univ. - Colorado Pride)

Patriot League First Team
MF Kayla Arestivo (Lehigh Univ. - Long Island Rough Riders)

Patriot League Third Team
F Abby Sotomayor (Colgate Univ. - New England Mutiny)

Southland Conference First Team
F Christina Arteaga (Abilene Christian Univ. - FC Austin Elite)

Southland Conference Second Team
D Amelia Fullmer (Lamar Univ. - Real Salt Lake Women)

Summit League First Team
MF Taryn Labree (South Dakota State Univ. - Colorado Pride)

Western Athletic Conference Second Team
D Hannah Bruce (Utah Valley State Univ. - Real Sale Lake Women)

About United Women's Soccer: UWS is a national women's soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. The season runs from May until the end of July, culminating in a National Championship match. The UWS player pool is comprised of college players, aspiring & former professionals and international stars. You can follow UWS on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media can contact the UWS Communications office by e-mail at UWSPress@gmail.com. You can visit the league's official website at UWSSoccer.com. Interested team applicants can contact League Commissioner Joe Ferrara, Jr. by e-mail at Joe@UWSSoccer.com.